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's -- look, there is this divide among -- there's even a divide among the culture in the united states senate where you have a johnny isaacson, a bob corkel. >> they say let's vote. >> we're legislators. we're going to be conservative legislators but we're legislators. then you have a new strain of the republican party, this new crowd that's gotten in there that says, no, you know what, government gets too big when it does anything. whatever. legislating is bad, period. >> don't even debate. >> yes. >> it looks to me like the 29, following up on your thought, a lot of these people like mitch mcconnell aren't born right wingers. howard was sit in that chair yesterday, howard fineman. he said all this thing going on with kentucky, whatever's going on, the taping of that meeting and everything was mitch mcconnell coming out screaming bring in the fbi because he wanted to show he was a real right winger and mad at the left. >> he was tough. it has united conservatives around him. conservatives, the enemy of my enemy is my ally. this is survival. the fact of the matter is, chris, he saw what happe
they are in a personal sense, and also understanding what they do. >> this is a united states senate youth program sponsored by a famous magazine and newspaper company. what has been the most exciting thing for you? >> yesterday, meeting president obama. when he walked into the room, the energy and excitement and his power was palpable. you could feel it and see it and everyone's eyes. we were worried we would pass out. was amazing. >> what about you? >> president obama is hard to talk. -- top. also, some of the senators we saw. they were fantastic. obama was definitely number 1. >> one more question of you two and we will go to some of the rest. how were you picked to come here? >> from your state, you would start out about a base -- with a basic essay. you fill out an application process, your credentials, resonate, and letters -- resume, and letters. then they deliver it and pick winners. >> my application required a series of essays, teacher recommendations, and an interview in the capital. then they made the selection in early november. >> there is another question you have to give a speech t
the united states senate, and we will be held accountable for what happens here. history is watching. let us be on the right side of history. thank you, madam president, and i yield the floor. a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from new jersey. mr. menendez: madam president, i rise as a parent, as a father, as an american who saw the horror of newtown. too many times, i have come to this senate floor to say i offer my thoughts and prayers to the parents and victims of a assault weapon attack, too many times, too many times. columbine, aurora, virginia tech, newtown, how many times will we have to offer our thoughts and prayers to the victims of gun violence? i have two beautiful children, alicia and rob. they are the most important and cherished things in my life. i don't know what i would do if anything happened to either one of them. so i'm here for them and for the children they may have one day and for every child in newtown and across america whose small voice has been silenced by a gun. i don't think it's an exaggeration to say that each and every member of
of eight will presumably introduce a bill tomorrow in the united states senate and we don't know what confidence what is in that bill. but we do know that all of the initiatives that have come from the open border side of this argument. we know what democrats think. they do citizenship. they would mail it in if they could, because they see a significant political gain. on the republican side of the aisle. seems to me that they have suspended the full understanding of what goes on in history or what would take place. what are we trying to accomplish, mr. speaker? . . the president said, republicans will never win another national election unless you pass immigration reform. i don't know that we should be looking to the president for advice for republicans. the second part he said was, i'm trying to help you republicans. some of the people believed that, i do not. neither do thinking americans believe that the president of the united states who has been charged with attempting to, let me say, significantly weaken the republican party, would be seriously trying to improve the republican
in the united states senate, compromise is being offered on something that 92% of the american people agree with. universal background checks. universal background checks to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists. the united states of america is by adam, an ed american al qaeda on the f.b.i.'s most wanted list who taunts america and says this, you can see it on buzz feed, america is absolutely awash with . sily attainable firearms large capacity clips. you can get them even without ny identification. this from the most wanted on the f.b.i. list. we need to vote in the united states congress. if these young children had the courage to go after their assailant, if the teachers stepped in the way to protect, does congress have the will and the courage to stand up and merely do what it was elected to do? cast a vote in both chambers. cast a vote on behalf of the american people. cast a vote on behalf of these children, on behalf of these parents who have come here to besiege the united states its ess only to do responsibility, to do what we .ake the oath of office for 92% of the american people b
with colleagues to get as much support as we can. i gave a speech on the floor of the united states senate last evening on this issue. talking to individual senators, participating in our caucuses. we had an emotional caucus yesterday. give begin heard was there, senator joe met -- getty giffords was there, senator joe manchin gave a speech. senator tim came from virginia talked about what happened at virginia tech. senator blumenthal talked about his experiences at sandy hook. it was an emotional day. host: here is a media advisory put out by senator dan coats office. be in aenators will press conference to introduce substitute amendment to gun legislation that they say would fix the background check system , provide resources to address mental health and school safety and protect veterans from false health declarations. host: it is an effort to give cover for people voting against gun safety legislation. it will contain the loopholes we currently have in law. the gun show loophole, the internet issues -- they are not resolving his legislation. so, it is a never to say to people who vote for i
in the united states senate. >> bill: there is too many guns on the street. >> no, no. this is about mental health. every one of those heinous crimes was carried out by someone who is severely mentally ill. >> bill: right. but they get access to the guns. >> what this administration is doing is the worst. >> bill: but answer my question here. >> sure. >> bill: if you require firearms registration. >> right? >> right. >> therefore, the criminal doesn't register. >> um-huh. >> because they wouldn't. right? >> okay. >> the criminal wouldn't. >> okay. >> and they grab them either state, local, no matter, what or federal. you slap a 10 year mandatory on them. >> um. >>um that would control bad guys from getting guns. >> let's take the example then. let's apply your here to adam lanza and sandy hook. he didn't have those guns registered. his mother did. >> bill: right. >> he walks in and kills. >> could not stop it. >> could not stop it. >> and there would be not one of us would feel any better. >> bill: you could stop it in chicago with that little 15-year-old girl getting gunned down. >> how? >
states senate. >> reporter: who recorded mitch mccontinue talking with senate staff during a strategy session in their office on february 2nd and who leaked the tape to the liberal magazine mother jones which published portions of it on tuesday, they have questioned two men. one is shawn riley an activist here is attending the convention as a delegate. another is official from jefferson county. conway told fox news that riley the founder of a local super pac and reputed associate curtis morrison had bragged about making the recording within a day after the conversation had occurred. >> they directly admitted to you they tape-recorded senator mcconnell and campaign aides in those campaign headquarters? >> they told me they were there. they told me they were in the hallway. they had a recording. you can draw your own conclusions. >> at the time, conway said he hadn't spoken to f.b.i. but by the evening they changed. >> they overheard the conversation and so offended by the disgusting conversation that was taking place, they decided to report it. i told the f.b.i. everything i told you,
't able to get this done. despite the fact that a strong majority of the united states senate voted in favor of stronger background checks -- a strong majority -- republicans once again filtered -- pardon me -- filibustered a commonsense proposal. madam president, we were able to get four republicans -- 4 out of 45. yesterday president obama said it was a shameful day for the senate, and it probably was. i agree. but we should make no mistake, this debate is not over. in fact, this fight is just beginning. i've spoken with the president. he and i agree that the best way to keep working towards passing a background check bill is to hit a pause and freeze the background check bill where it is. in the meantime we'll keep moving forward with the people from aurora, colorado; blacksburg, virginia; newtown and other places to make sure that we are able to get something done. thil allow senators to keep negotiating. mr. president -- i'm sorry. madam president, we had nine amendments yesterday. they were not easy to vote on, not for us or for the republicans, and i understand that. but it w
of his party in the united states senate, many of whom just jumped all over him yesterday? >> i think he likes that. i don't think he's -- he is like, look. he got a very favorable "the washington post" editorial and he'll love that. "morning joe." very favorable commentary right here. i guarantee you if he is up watching this right now, got a good david brooks column. he kind of excited this morning. people said this is kind of important to him. the fact all of these guys i'm trying to do something. in his mind, the white house is not totally out of bounds here. they say if we do this it will throw the republicans off and we have put something out there and this is something we would have agreed to any way in the larger context. understand, this president wants a grand bargain. he is going to give away the store in august of 2011. absolutely going to give away the store. he wants that grand bargain. and they view this as the best negotiating strategy and a lot of people disagree with him. they really want this. he genuinely want this. >> going on the lot and offering 26,000 he has the o
"happening now.". rick: fox news alert. news out of d.c. the united states senate rejected effort to block debate on new gun control legislation. the senate voting 68-31 to allow debate to go on. 16 republican senators voted in favor of the debate. two democrats voted against the debate. this does not mean all of sudden there are new gun laws on the books. it simply means the senate will debate new gun legislation for the first time in 20 years. the deal worked out, bipartisan deal on expanded background checks will most likely be a part of what they will be debating. there will be other amendments as well. still a long way to go before any new gun legislation gets to the president's desk. but the first hurdle at least has been overcome. jenna: more on that as we get it. meantime the dairy industry is looking for a sweet deal, pun intended hoping to add sweetener to make. fda considering this proposal but the plan is coming under fire from some farmers and as well as some consumer groups as well. doug kennedy is live at our new york city newsroom. not to confuse my dougs in my life. there
about this, but evacuated with the united states senate, and spent a day with our senators, very few staffers, saw them in the natural environment without handlers for lack of a better word, and they came together. i don't think the american people understand that they really did in the privacy of just them, with few staffer around, they really came together, and there was no partisanship. i want to see that again. >> i agree. i would -- >> just, you know, there's, by the way, there are arguments to be made how we funded the response to 9/11 and boston, but do that later. not now. too soon. >> i extend my comments to republicans. if a republican made a political comment that sought to take advantage in some way or other politically of the boston bombing, i'd condemn that e -- equally. >> agree. >> this is not the time for it. >> it's not. >> there will be a time rerationally discussion how we pay for the first responders who went to the scene in boston. there's a time for that by all means, but not me. >> i'm not liking this. we're in agreement again, never happens. national tragedie
holding those jobs simply to sit there and be called a united states senator? >> but, mike barnicle, here is the rub. as shakespeare would say, here is the rub. if they vote against common sense criminal background checks they will not be there for 18 years. the history is not on wayne lapierre's side. the history is on the 94% side. the 90% side, the 87% side. you pick the poll. not only are they doing the wrong thing, they are doing the wrong thing politically if they don't show courage today and support the background check to keep the guns out of the hands of rapists and terrorists and violent criminal offenders. >> i have a question we might want to ask. i don't know if they dropped the united states in front of their title senator voting against background checks. the question is this. less than 48 hours ago, four blocks from where i sit right now, two devices were exploded. it's terrorism. the intent of terrorism is to make people fearful, to make americans fearful, to gather, to assembly, to go to ballgames and to stay home and coward in their homes. how is it, senator, that ameri
week ahead of us here on several issues. tomorrow, the gang of 8, so-called in the united states senate will be revealing its comprehensive immigration reform legislation legislation. marco rubio did seven sunday talk shows yesterday to try to take credit for all of the work that others have done on that issue. and it could be on gun control there could be a vote as early as wednesday on the universal background check compromise that was forged and hammered out by democrat joe manchion and pat toomey of pennsylvania. meanwhile, the mother of one of the sandy hook victims gave the weekw president's weekly address and an aussie won the mast erse. you will find out more about that on current tv. young turks is that we're honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look out for us
, not only is harry reid a united states senator but also a a husband, a father, a grandfather and i hope friend of lots and lots of people, i choose to vote my conscience because, if tragedy strikes again, i'm sorry to say, mr. president, it will, if innocents are ung.a.o.d down in a classroom, theater or restaurant, i would have trouble living with myself aes a senator, as a husband, a fathers, or grandfather and friend, knowing that i didn't do everything in my power to prevent that incident. mr. mcconnell: mr. president? the presiding officer: the republican leader. mr. mcconnell: last few days have been trying ones for our nation. monday's attack in boston reminded us that terrorism can still strike anywhere a at any time. and as yesterday's news of an attempt to send ricin to the capitol reminds you it is important as ever to take the steps necessary to protect americans from those who would do us harm. and this morning i'd like to recognize the postal and law enforcement officials for their excellent work in detecting and preventing this threat before it even reached the capitol. t
of eight is coming up with. we will be bringing forward in the united states senate as short of time as this evening. the president is supportive in the process we went through. and the president having been in the senate and seen this process before is very supportive. the president realizes that everybody didn't get what they wanted completely, but it's a product of comprise. we appreciate the president's support, and we believe that is important as we move forward with the process. the president also agrees that this is the beginning of a process not the end. that we will have a hearings and we will a amendment, we will have floor debate. i'm confident that at the end of the day we will have a bill to the president's desk. because all of players involved in the on board. every major player business or labor. that hasn't changed from the last time we tried in 2007. >> two more points, we hope to bring the bill tonight. we're working as we speak. that's very, very important. and one of the things we all agree with is there ought to be an open process. people who don't agree with off
but the newtown parents coming down here and personally leadplead with these united states senators showing unbelievable courage and even that is not enough to make a difference? >> in moments like this, i think you have a chance when you have real-life moments like these parents that are coming down. these are practiced politicians. they would rather be doing something else besides flying down here and remembering their lost children. i think that's why you have joe manchin and toomey. they say this is too important. i connect on a parent level, on a personal level not a on a political level. that's why you have those two leaders willing to at least move the ball down. people like us, i think, don't think this should be the first of 10 votes. >> a voice vote. move on to the hard one. this should be the easy one. but that is the nra strategy is don't give them an inch. so they fight to the death over an inch. it's been a political strategy that lapier and those guys follow all along. >> the last note i saw on this i think was on daily beast or daily caller was
that the gang of eight is coming up that we will be bringing forward in the united states senate in as short a time as this evening. the president is supportive of the process we went through. the president having been in the senate and having seen this process before is very supportive. the president realizes that everybody didn't get what they wanted completely, but it's a product of compromise. we appreciate the president's support, and we believe that that's important as we move forward with the process. the president also agrees that this is the beginning of a process and not the end. we will have hearings, we will have amendments, floor debates. at the end of the day, we will have a bill on the president's desk because all major players that are involved in this issue are now on board, literally every major, whether business or labor and that is a change from the last time we tried this in 2007. questions. >> two more points. we do hope to drop the bill late tonight, and we are working as we speak. and that's very, very important. and one of the things we all agree with is, there ought
themselves for a least in caging this debate on the floor of the united states senate. what about background checks? the gun large lobby argues it is unconstitutional even though justice scalia made it clear in the heller decision that said basically second amendment is a personal right to bear arms not the rights of the militia but laws imposing conditions and qualifications of the commercial sale of arms are lawful so there is no doubt in his mind that a background check is consistent with the second amendment and it also argues background checks are ineffective. you have heard this. pass all laws that you want and the law-abiding citizens to live by them but the criminals want. nearly 2 million prohibited purchasers have been blocked from buying a gun since back run checks went into effect so careless and stupid they tried anyway. they were stopped. why are there so many crimes committed? because they get the guns through another means through the ads in the newspaper that i mentioned revere and the argument that unless all lot is airtight we should not pass it will be used that standard
floor as well as in cooperation with their colleagues and ours at the united states senate. i urge my colleagues to vote no on the rule and yes on the underlying bill and i would yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself the balance of me time. i thank my friend from florida for his service on the rules committee and his service on the intelligence committee. the work that goes on on the intelligence committee, mr. speaker is work that so many members of congress co-not involve themselves in. it goes on deep in the bowls of the cap -- bowels of the capitol complex, it's great security, all electronic devices left outside the door, they can discuss things within the four twhifles committee that we're not allowed to discuss things. when they asked me to hand they will rule, i was concerned, because throughout this process of developing cispa, i've traveled down to that committee room time and time again in order to understand the threats that this nation
to the floor of the united states senate without passing through security, but it doesn't get you into kelly middle school, nor should it. they have a simple, practical system. if you're visiting during school ours you buzz in and announce yourself. and then they decide whether that individual can enter through another set of locked doors. the double locks are a system that some schools are considering to implement. it's a sensible policy that is enabled by an intercom system and a camera. again, minimal costs compared to many other infrastructure programs that we may be considering this year. in middle town i visited snowe elementary school. principal james gudroe demonstrated how their doors are locked and when a person is buzzed in, video cameras record and archive who is entering. some schools have archiving systems, others do not. law enforcement knows that archiving is important, as chief william mckenna and mayor duran droot told me, these systems are planning that was undertaken even before sandy hook. school systems and boards and administrators and teachers were aware of security b
that seek to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants to the united states. republican senator marco rubio of florida, a member of the group, the so-called gang of eight, hit the rounds sunday to talk shows with a preview of the plan which includes three main policy steps. here he was. >> first of all a universally verified system which means you won't be able to find a job in the united states if you can't pass that check. second an entry exit check. 40% of people enter legally and overstay their visas. we don't track when they leave. and third is real border security including fences. >> senator rubio insists the plan does not amount to amnesty. he claims millions of undocumented immigrants now in the u.s. would not be able to become citizens for more than a decade. >> he made seven sunday shows. it will be interesting to see how that goes. 38 minutes after the hour. look at some of the stories trending this morning. was this justs bieber being beebe e? the singer and pop legend getting some heat for what he wrote in the guest book to anne frank's house where frank and her family 4id fro
states. republican senator marco rubio of florida, a member of the group nicknamed the gang of eight, he hit the sunday talk shows, all seven of them, to preview the plan, which includes three main policy goals. >> first of all, universal e-verify system which means you won't be able to find a job in the united states if you can't pass that check. secondly, an entry/exit system. you know 40% of our illegal immigration are people that enter legally and then they overstay their visas and we don't really know who they are because for the most part we only track when people come in. we don't track in and when they leave. and third, is real border security. including fences. >> so rubio insists the plan does not amount to amnesty and says millions of undocumented immigrants now in the u.s. would not be able to become citizens for more than a decade. >>> former first couple, now grandparents for the very first time. jenna bush hager daughter of former president george w. bush and his wife laura gave birth to a baby girl saturday in new york city. she is named margaret laura after her grandmoth
. these concerns continue in the united states senate today. about emails thing that was raised again by senator boozman. i explain my idea of having a secondary email was started by christie todd whitman and is continued by democrats and the balkans following. one republican had as a moniker, tofu@epa.com. in order to figure out what they need to answer, they have done that. i would like to ask you for the record, i understand the epa inspector general is looking into the agency's emailed management practices. are you aware of this ever and could you describe us what you know as of this date how that is going? >> inspector general is doing an audit, which we are participating in. i certainly feel and i believe the agency does as well that it is a great opportunity for us to have their independent view of what we can do well and approval on. the acting administrator is working closely with them and we are going to be taking their recommendations to heart and doing everything we can improve the system at epa, as we always would. >> ok. i will yield my time to senator vitters. i have to ask you --
. interests.e nation's it is in the security interests of the united states to have comprehensive immigration reform. , we do not know how to protect america of we do not know who is here to fill the american dream. in the to get those shadows into a light that have an opportunity to earn their citizenship and the part of the dream. every know, as does you have fruitif for breakfast this morning, it was probably picked in the hot sun by an american worker with a bent back and a sunburned face. we know that if you had chicken for dinner last night, it was probably plucked by the calloused hands of an american worker to provide you your dinner. someone in your family who need care, the chances are that it is an immigrant worker whose steady hand and warm heart is taking care of their daily necessities each and every day. of the most some successful high-tech companies in america were founded by an immigrant in the united states. these are people doing the jobs to build america. it is time to give them the dignity they deserve and the opportunity to earn their way to the american dream. --e gang
in the united states illegally on a 13 year path to citizenship. it would require immigrants do pass a rigorous background check and pay fines and application fees to receive a permit and would toughen border security requirements. authorities in indonesia are struggling to remove a crashed jet that went into the sea off the resort island of bali. all people on the jet survived saturday's crash when the plane slammed in the water. the jet liner remains afloat but is too heavy to plan on floating. they want to protect the delicate coral reef below. >> volscian is -- a volcano is spewing ash east of mexico city. it spewed over the weekend and the wins have been carrying the smoke over mexico city. authorities say there is no need for people to evacuate but they are monitoring the situation closely. >> i laugh because kristen has been practicing and perfected that brother numbersation. >> a strange site caught on camera, an angry goose waging war on a gorilla. this is taking things to the extreme, a massive gorilla running away from an angry goose in wichita, kansas. the gorilla is quickly backing
acceptable, likable to certain sectors of 435 members of the congress of the united states. but i'm sure once we, once the senators unveil theirs and we shortly thereafter unveil ours, as i expect we will, then i think you'll hear people say, pick and choose different parts. but it's going to be a comprehensive immigration reform bill. and i've got to tell you something. the american public on november 6th said, stop picking winners and losers, get together in a bipartisan approach. it's what we want you to do. and that's what mario and i and a lot of other really good men and elm with on the republican and democratic side are doing on the issue of immigration. the people yesterday that were clamoring for change here in washington, d.c., expect no less. they don't expect me to wake up in the morning and fight with mario and that that's the challenge of the day. they expect me to sit down with mario and find 218 votes, republican and democratic, and get this done. >> does this, realistically, have to get through the senate first before the house takes it up? >> i don't think so. >> look, we ha
: i think the senate of the united states let the american people down yesterday. it was hard for me to fathom some of the basic provisions that enjoyed the support of over 90 percent of americans were voted down. a majority of the senate supported it, but as you know, we have the rules that require 60 votes to a dance certain provisions. certainvance provisions. ad was probably my most disappointing day so far in my short tenure. host: are there a lot of nra members or gun owners in wisconsin? guest: there are many gun owners, just like the country, wisconsin is reflective of that, but i would say the hunting culture and tradition is very deep. if you think about last year's deer hunting season, over 650,000 hunting licenses were taken out in wisconsin. that is over 10 percent of the that participate in the enjoy is the tradition of hunting deer. there are other hunting seasons also. expandingdea of background checks and reducing the% of sales that take place without a background check was widely embraced. and the measures against trafficking. we all know too many of the incidence o
states. i am very high on this young senator from a florida. host: another issue in the news. gun control of the legislation. we see a major gun rights group is breaking with the powerful nra and coming out in favor of the bipartisan proposal on background checks by senator joe manchin of west virginia and senator pat toomey, republican of pennsylvania. the citizens committee for the right to keep and bear arms. this,gnificant is senator? guest: i don't know. these people have a right to their viewpoint, but i'm a lifelong member of the national rifle association. when my son was born 26 years ago, my only goal gave him a gaveription -- my uncle him a subscription of the youth magazine of the nra. the second amendment protects gun rights for decades and decades. for another group to come along and claim to be the second- largest gun rights organization is fine. there's more of a schism than this article mentions. i looked at it this morning on the front page of the washington post, also. there's another group to the right of the nra. said the nra on thursday it's probably a good idea to g
-passed budget, a budget presented by the president of the united states. >> obviously there are things each person in the country can agree with and disagree with. i asked the gentleman if he has any intention to go to congress. i yield back the balance of my time. >> i would say to the gentleman, mr. speaker, i, too, am glad that we finally saw the senate act and passed a budget. that is an accomplishment in and of itself. the president finally has proposed his budget. the gentleman is right. we have some things on the table that maybe we can start to discuss. i know that chairman ryan and chairman murray are already in discussions about a path forward . and i look forward to the results of those discussions and in concert with the gentleman's point earlier, we are setting priorities. it just seems to me, mr. speaker, that the best way forward is to find areas where we agree and let's go make some progress on those things. we, again, this town is full of division and agreement, but there are things we have in common in agreement in these three documents that i believe we can work on togeth
in a president of the united states. i am very high on this young senator from a florida. host: another issue in the news. gun control of the legislation. we see a major gun rights group is breaking with the powerful nra and coming out in favor of the bipartisan proposal on background checks by senator joe manchin of west virginia and senator pat toomey, republican of pennsylvania. the citizens committee for the right to keep and bear arms. how significant is this, senator? guest: i don't know. these people have a right to their viewpoint, but i'm a lifelong member of the national rifle association. when my son was born 26 years ago, my only goal gave him a subscription -- my uncle gave him a subscription of the youth magazine of the nra. the second amendment protects gun rights for decades and decades. for another group to come along and claim to be the second- largest gun rights organization is fine. there's more of a schism than this article mentions. i looked at it this morning on the front page of the washington post, also. there's another group to the right of the nra. while the nra on
states. that's not necessarily true. you can get semiautomatic weapons in the united states pretty easily. so that debate kind of goes on, brooke. >> and the debate in the senate begins as well. joe johns, thank you. >>> bottom of the hour, i'm brooke baldwin. technology, sports business, health, science, news, we're hitting it all for you right now in what we call the power block beginning with your money. take a look. dow up 50 points. half hour until the closing bell. the climb as we've sort of seen all week long. let's go to alison kosik live at the stock exchange with more good news. what is it that's leading all these huge gains we're seeing? >> that really is the money question. it isn't one thing propelling it. part of it is the economy. most of it is the fed stimulating the economy with billions of dollars and you have investors seeing the headlines of the records every day. they want toup on the train before it leaves the station. also this is the tail end of historically what's been the best for stocks. coming into summer the market historically doesn't do as well. sam sobel, h
to get more normal relations with cuba and the united states? >> well, that's up to cuba. if cuba wants normal relations, there are certain things they need to do like become a normal country that respects the rights of their citizens. i thought it was hypocritical of beyonce and jay-z to go down to cuba. there is narcotic a roper right now in cuba who's right now on a hunger strike and has been persecuted because of his lyrics. he's an entertainer, he's not in the middle of any public discourse here. it's important to point out when people take stances like that that are absurd, beyond that the fundamental problem is not jay-d and beyonce. the fundamental problem is that these trips to cuba are being abu abused. they are not people to people trips, they are tourist trips that provide a currency for a tyrannical regime at that get hard currency. that's why the trips need to be carefully scrutinized. >> final question on politics, can a nominee of the republican party in 2016 be a champion for an immigration reform policy that provides a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants in t
government, local units of getting, getting the senate involvement in it and that. so i'd like maybe you to reflect on and tell us things you think. i know, there's good operation. everybody has gotten your budget cut. you have gotten your budget cut. that means fewer people, you know, doing boater education on zebra mussel. you have fewer people talking about, you know, one problem we have incurred in the national forseeses. people fish along stream and used to dump the earthworms, you know, thinking this is good. they help the forest. i remember doing it as a kid. there wasn't any education, there wasn't any discussion about it. there was a research about what it meant when everybody was dumping their earthworms around trees. so do not! they don't in to -- [inaudible] [laughter] no. but if you could just kind of, you know, tell us a little bit about how, you know, maybe we have an endangered species legislation. maybe we need an invasive species legislation. maybe we need to talk about how we put all hands on deck both at the national, federal, local and community level on dealing with
for tourists. and after coming back to the united states and learning that the trip had created quite a bit of controversy, jay-z himself came up with a rap. and he, let's say used some choice words to talk about what senator rubio had to say. let's listen. ♪ i done turned havana to atlanta ♪ ♪ white shirts and ban danas. politicians never did nothing to me except lie to me to start history ♪ ♪ obama said, chill, you going to get me impeached ♪ >> so, michael and suzanne, you hear the reference to president obama and this rap. the white house reacting saying that the white house itself or president obama had nothing to do with this. it's all handled by the treasury department. the treasury department saying that this trip by jay-z and beyonce was sanctioned as a cultural exchange trip. so there's nothing illegal about it. >> can i tell you guys how refreshing this is. i listen to rap. i listen to hip hop. and they're debating politics now, right? it is not all about violence. it's not about -- it's about politics. i think that's amazing. >> i also think there's a disconnect betw
have died at the end of a gun. thousands of other families across the united states are also drowning in our grief. please help us do something before our tragedy many billions your tragedy. gregg: former new york senator al d'amato is a fox news contributor. he joins us here on the set. pleasure to see you. >> good to be with you. gregg: the president is utilizing the newtown families to make his case for gun control but in some ways is he exploiting this tragedy and the grieving families for political purposes? >> well the answer is yes but it is very effective. gregg: is it unseemly? >> no. gregg: why not? >> i don't believe so. gregg: really? >> yeah. you know, i've got 3-year-old and 5-year-old. it is heart-wrenching when someone is lost like this woman her 6-year-old child comes on, says, look you've got to do something. notwithstanding i believe in the second amendment. there are things and legislation pending now that can and will make it tougher for people who shouldn't get guns to get them. it will not correct all of the problems and so, it is a very effective political tool
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